Our quest to bring you a comprehensive guide about the 2012 Olympic Games and the magnificent venues where they will take part continues at the fast pace, with the same quality words and information as until now. Going from outside London to the inside, we arrive to some astonishing places, arenas full of history and constructions of modern architecture that symbolize the power of England’s capital.
Moving on a straight alphabetical line, today we’ll whisper you stories and facts regarding a few of this locations were you will feel the crowds expectations pumping in your veins and the competitors determination to crown a lifetime of work, with one great result, with one Olympic record.
Private transfer to Earls Court
Our first stop is the oldest venue in Great Britain, having a wealth of stories to tell, gathered around 125 years of success. After opening its doors to the public in 1866 on Boxing Day, people clustered to see one of the most popular circus at that time – The Hippodrome Circus. It is said that The Hippodrome comprised 400 performers, 300 horses and six elephants. Starting with that date, Olympia was known to be the first venue in England, which also makes it the most ancient one today.
The other impressive venue opened not far from Olympia was Earls Court One(1937) which was later joined by Earls Court Two(1991), which even until today holds the record for Europe’s biggest unsupported roof span. Together with Olympia, the two gather a total of 97,000 square meters. Throughout the years, this locations have received guests to displays such as the London Book Fair, the British Motor Show, the London Boat Show, the Ideal Home Show, the Great British Beer Festival and the Good Food Show. This venues have resounded to shows by many famous artists such as George Michael, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, Iron Maiden, Elton John, Kylie, Queen, Rod Stewart and Pink Floyd.
The venues are located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in the Earls Court district which was initially a rural region, coated with market gardens and green fields. At the rule of the land was the Vere family that had the region under their lead for 500 years.
A study accomplished by Earls Court and Olympia board revealed that one of two Londoners visits this two locations every year. They both jointly supported £258m of expenditure in their boroughs and over £1.25bn in the London area, and pay for more than 1,000 jobs in the boroughs and around 12,500 in London. The most significant draw for guests to Earls Court is the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, started out in the existing building in 1937, with its stunning Art Deco facade facing Warwick Road. You can easily get to Earls Court by feet from High Street Kensington, Holland Park, Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College, the Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert Museums.
Earls Court will host the Voleyball competition for this year’s Olympic Games.
A cab transfer to Earls Court from the center of London with our company will cost 23 GBP for a Saloon car.
Private transfer to ExCeL Center
ExCeL can be easily translated in simple words as the Exhibition Center London, a place for exhibitions as the name suggests, conferences and most recently, the 2012 Olympic Games. ExCeL London, the international exhibition and convention center, has also been the home for a wide range of events such as award winning exhibitions and conferences to international association events, banquets, product launches, sporting events, award ceremonies and great days out.
Sir Robert McAlpine is the person that constructed the cetre was constructed which was opened in November 2000. Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company bought it in May 2008. After it was sold the new company invested in further development and phase II was completed on 1 May 2010. This development was done in order to increase ExCeL’s space for events and increased the meeting space even more as well as the space for banqueting facilities and events.
The ExCeL building is located in a gorgeous waterfront place, in the center of London’s Royal Docks, very easy to reach from central London. The building is portion of a 100 acre area, comprising 3 onsite DLR stations, easy access to the Jubilee Line and London City Airport, parking for 3,700 cars, 6 onsite hotels and numerous on-site bars and restaurants.
Among the events held at the ExCeL center we can identify Young Enterprise Scheme, Newham Academy of Sport – Talent Identification programme in local schools, Britain’s Got Talent – First Auditions, Under The Stars – Newham Council’s four day musical extravaganza, Britannia Village Primary School and Newham Sixth Form College Community Service Awards.
ExCeL London has also been home to various private and public events including exhibitions, consumer and trade, concerts, conferences, weddings and other religious events. Some of the most known events featured are Global Peace and Unity Event, London Boat Show, WorldSkills London 2011, Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show, British International Motor Show, Grand Designs Live, Star Wars Celebration Europe, The MCM Expo, London International Music Show, London Marathon registration, World Travel Market, London Wine & Spirits Fair, The Clothes Show London and The Dive Show.
The ExCeL Center will host the Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Taekwando, Table Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling events.
A cab transfer to the ExCeL Center from the center of London with our company will cost 18 GBP for a Saloon car.
Private transfer to Greenwich Park
History has certainly set its marks on Greenwich Park which is the place of several important dates of ancient times. Influences of the Roman power can be felt even today when walking near the architectural wonders built by both popular and mysterious people.
An example of an important moment in Greenwich’s Park history is the birth of Henry VIII which is also the first person to introduce the deer in the area while the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and the Old Royal Observatory are examples of those architectural treasures that I was telling you about. Some other of this type can also be spotted in the Greenwich Area on the grounds of the 73 hectares Royal Park, which, on its turn is the oldest enclosed Royal Park in England. It is positioned on a hilltop and offers a great landscape over the River Thames to the Docklands and the City of London, between Blackheath and the River Thames. A palace one sat here listening to winds and whispers. The place was once a hunting park and comprises one of the biggest green spaces in South East London. Today Greenwich is a World Heritage Site and is most famous for Greenwich Mean Time.
Greenwich Park will be the venue for the equestrian events and for the riding and running parts of the modern pentathlon events. Greenwich Park will be the venue for the equestrian events and for the riding and running parts of the modern pentathlon events while outside the Olympic Games period is open from 06:00 for pedestrians all year round and closes at dusk.
A cab transfer to Greenwich Park from the center of London with our company will cost 22 GBP for a Saloon car.
Transport to London Olympic Venues
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Our courteous and knowledgeable drivers, all PCO and CRB checked, will await your arrival at the Arrivals with a sign bearing your name. If your flight is delayed, the driver will be aware of this before he sets off to collect you.
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